Jerell A. Blakeley, At Large
From an early age, Jerell has committed himself to public service and education.
Jerell attended the Trenton Public Schools from K-12, where he served as a student board member of the Trenton Board of Education, was an award winning student legislator and two time cabinet member for Princeton University Model Congress, participated in the Princeton University Preparatory Program, and graduated as Most Likely to Succeed from Trenton Central High School in 2005. He continued on to Howard University, where he earned a B.A. in History. While at Howard, Jerell interned with the Secretaries of HUD and the Interior and the White House Initiative on HBCUs.
Jerell is an alumnus of Rutgers, where he earned an Ed.M. in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education as an Harold and Reba Martin-Eagleton Fellow. He is a 2016 Fellow of the New Leaders Council-NJ. Jerell is currently pursuing an Executive MPA from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
He served as a History Teacher at his alma mater TCHS-West, where he helped design Leadership Civics. Jerell lead efforts to enhance school facility quality in NJ's public schools as the Campaign Organizer of the Healthy Schools Now coalition. At HSN, Jerell more than tripled the number of coalition partners and founded the HSN Student Leadership Academy. Most recently, Jerell served as a Division Chief of Outreach and Constituent Relations at the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Presently, Jerell is an Associate Director of Government Relations for NJ's largest labor union, the New Jersey Education Association, teaches as a Lecturer at Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations and is a Trenton City Councilman-at-Large. As a councilman, Jerell serves as a member of the Trenton Board of School Estimate and as city council’s liaison to the Trenton Board of Education.
Honored by the Trenton branches of the NAACP and Zeta Phi Beta, as well as Avis, for his public and community service, Jerell was named by Black Enterprise as a Modern Man 100 and has been noted by InsiderNJ as one of the 50 under 30 Millennial Up and Comers, a top 12 Rising Operatives in NJ, and African American Political Power List. Jerell is also the Vice Chairman of the Mercer County Board of Social Services.